Book review: Past and present intertwine in wild and magnificent Irish epic

In Thirsty Ghosts, Emer Martin revisits the O’Conaill family of her previous novel, whose members are now adults struggling to survive in 1970s Ireland

Emer Martin ‘skilfully juxtaposes the bloodletting of the recent and the distant past in a glorious bid to capture the power of story itself as a means to push back the darkness’